Weekend brunch options around downtown Montréal

Mayssam Samaha

Brunch is a very Montréal affair. Montrealers partake in this culinary tradition quite regularly with complete abandon – and at a leisurely pace – to start the weekend on the right note. While there are tons of delicious brunch options all over the city, here are some of our favourites in and around downtown to Old Montréal.

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Le Cartet
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Part restaurant, part fine food store, Le Cartet has a very New York feel to it. It’s open almost all day, every day but is especially nice for weekend brunch. Le Cartet also doubles as a fine food store with an impressive collection of chocolates.


Brasserie 701
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday brunches at Suite 701 are laidback while Sundays are set to the beat of an in-house DJ. The brunch menu includes items such as fried chicken, mac and cheese as well as your usual omelettes and egg dishes and their signature house cocktails.


Restaurant Holder
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.

A typical French brasserie, Holder’s cuisine is classic français. The brunch menu includes great omelettes and Benedicts as well as a kids’ menu and some classic brasserie dishes like meat and fish tartares and steak served with frites (French fries).


Olive + Gourmando
Saturday: 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.

A classic breakfast and brunch option in Old Montréal, Olive + Gourmando’s pastry counter and delicious sandwiches have garnered a well-earned reputation of being some of the best in town. Must-have breakfast items include the butter croissant, the “poached egg on your face” Panini, the chocolate brioche and the homemade ricotta with honey.


Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.

Renowned for its hams that hail from all over the world and its homemade charcuterie, this “ha.m.bar” also serves a great brunch, which includes items such as French toast with sautéed mushrooms and a full English breakfast.


Maison Christian Faure
Saturday and Sunday

This elegant French pastry shop serves a classic brunch board, which includes Eggs Benedict on a puff pastry bun, French toast and fresh fruit. Don’t forget to try a croissant or one of the delicious pastries available.



Le Pois Penché
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A big bustling brasserie right in the heart of downtown Montréal, Le Pois Penché’s brunch menu is two pages long and will have you hesitating between the tartares, the fresh seafood platter, the classic egg dishes and the warm homemade pastries.


Maison Boulud
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Daniel Boulud’s eponymous “Maison” is located inside the Ritz Carlton hotel and serves a unique two-course or three-course weekend brunch in the elegant dining room.  In the summer, enjoy your brunch in the courtyard, a veritable garden oasis right in the heart of downtown Montréal.


Café Parvis
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adjacent to the Quartier des spectacles, downtown Montréal’s “festival central”, Café Parvis is a lovely spot any time of day, but especially in the morning. Savour your weekend mornings at Parvis with a delicious latté, some of their delectable brunch items and of course, the fabulous decor.

Southwest of downtown

Pub Burgundy Lion
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pub Burgundy Lion blends traditional British pub fare with a modern lounge bar atmosphere for a unique twist on British pub cuisine. Brunch options range from Kippers n’ Eggs to “Please Sir” Porridge, in addition to all the usual breakfast staples. Wash it down with a Mimosa Mystique or a Burgundy Julep. Hey, it’s the weekend.


East of downtown

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

O’Thym has been around for years but is a newcomer on the brunch scene. They have, however, started with a bang with a great menu that includes a vegetarian option, as well as something for the meat and fish lovers. O’Thym is a BYOB restaurant so don’t forget to bring a bottle of bubbly with you.


De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the cutest cafés and pastry shops in Montréal, DF+EF serves up a delicious brunch that includes “baby donuts” with salted caramel and a great quinoa, pineapple, coconut and passion fruit bowl that will knock your socks off. Don’t forget to end your meal with one of the delicious pastries on display.


Bistrot La Fabrique
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

La Fabrique’s dining room is designed around the open kitchen that takes centre stage in this dynamic bistro where the food is based on local and seasonal products. The brunch menu is an elaborate affair that includes dishes such as bread pudding with egg, thick-cut bacon and maple-sautéed onions along with a melted cheese pan with brioche, maple and apple confit. Creative!